Upcoming Training and Events

We are pleased to offer a variety of trainings and special events throughout the year for child care providers. All training and events are PDR approved.

The following training and events will be hosted by Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas:

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3rd Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference

Where: National Park College, New Student Commons Bldg, 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR

When: January 18, 2020, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Keynote: Deanna Cook, Children's Cookbook Author
Dr. Aaron Smith, Author of Awakening Your STEM School

Registration: https://shortclass.np.edu/wconnect/ace/CourseStatus.awp?&course=202CCA100

Or contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 8 approved hours

Cost: $60 (early bird rate until December 20th)
$75 (rate after December 20th)

Theme: STEAM3 .... now we're cooking. Join us for Mathematics, Measurements, and Meals.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of STEAM’s five subjects share a common approach and focus. They require gathering and using evidence to create knowledge or solve problems. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. When young children have the opportunity to investigate the world around them, they learn and experiment with new STEAM skills and theories. Research shows there is a positive relationship between early STEAM experiences and future success in school.

For more information visit Understanding STEAM and how children use it.

5th Annual ACW Dinner & Tribute

Where: National Park College, New Student Commons Bldg,101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR

When: April 13, 2020, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Keynote: Shelli Henehan, Ed.D, Associate Professor/Coordinator of Assessment, UAFS School of Education/College of STEM

Theme: Self-Care is Not Selfish

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 2 approved hours

Cost: $5 for current AECA members; $7.50 for non-members

Each year we celebrate Arkansas Children's Week by hosting HSECA's Dinner & Tribute for early childhood educators. We feel it is important to recognize and honor all of the hard work and dedication our providers put in to caring for their children. This years topic is "Self-Care is Not Selfish" by Shelli Henehan. Registration is $5 for current AECA members and $7.50 for non-members. Registration must be received by April 1, 2020. Catering TBD.

Download current and past ACW resource books.

For more information visit Arkansas Children's Week.

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Pine Bluff ACW Family Fun Day

Where: Pine Bluff Convention Center

When: April 2020, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Theme: TBD

Registration: Contact Jackie Riley at 501-463-1482 or at jacqueline.riley@np.edu.

Cost: Free

Early Childhood Professionals and families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in celebration of Arkansas Children's Week. In our work, we create hands-on experiences daily to engage and enlighten our littlest learners.

For more information visit Hand-In Learning: Explore.

Community Coffee

Where: National Park College, New Student Commons Bldg, 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR

When: June 2, 2020, 9:00am to 10:00am

Cost: Free

Established in August, 1996, the Community Coffee is an informal network of public and private social agencies. The coffee meets the 1st Tuesday of every month from 9-10 am at various agencies in Garland County. The purpose of the Community Coffee is to provide opportunities for networking, encourage partnerships between area agencies, and to inform the community of available resources.

For more information visit the Community Coffee Facebook Page.


2nd Annual Dad's Event

Where: Hot Springs Farmer's Market

When: June 12, 2020, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Entertainment: TBD

Sponsor: TBD

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

Cost: Free

A FREE community event for Father Figures of all ages with the goal of providing resources along with fun, safe & affordable activities/ ideas for you to do with your families. There will be door prizes & local vendors ready to talk with you and answer your questions.

For directions or bus routes visit the Transportation Plaza Bus Route map.

Contact us for more information or to register for one of our events. You may also visit our Facebook page or download our app "Child Care Aware WCA".  Visit the state Child Care Resource and Referral Map to find the CCR&R that serves your county.